Burleson Family Y-DNA Study 2010
John Hoyle Burleson
early part of 2007, I entered the Burleson Family DNA project hoping an
expert would tell me about my true roots. The only roots that has
surfaced so far, has been dug up by myself, after many hours of digging.
I would like to share what I have learned. The facts that I know now are:
Five of the first six Burleson participants DNA markers match and I am in
that group designated as Haplogroup I1. The Family Tree DNA company
definition of this group is "probably have its roots in northern France.
Today it is found most frequently within the Viking/Scandinavian population
in northwestern Europe and since spread down into Central and Eastern
Europe, where it is found in low frequencies."
the I1 group there are five certain markers that determine if you are
leaning more towards the Norse spectrum than the Anglo-Saxon. I was
tested on three of the five markers and matched two and was only one digit
off on the third.
We are predicted to be in the I1a Viking/Scandinavian haplogroup.
personally contacted the other four Burleson participants with DNA markers
that match mine and have recorded and confirmed their ancestral line. For
privacies reasons I will only identify the participants as A, B, C,
and D. I will list their most distant known ancestor and the
genetic distance from me, a descendant of Isaac Burlison Sr. b. abt.1750,
member of Capt. Charles Polk Mecklenburg Co. NC militia 1776, resettled in
Montgomery Co. NC, d. between 1810 and 1813. We do not know who his father
was. The other two most distance ancestors in this report were Aaron
Burleson and David Burlison.
Burleson better known as Aaron II today was born in New Jersey according to
his son Joseph, was granted land on Sandy Run Creek in Mecklenburg/Tryon Co
NC. in 1766, resettled in Washington Co. NC/TN where he left a will and died
in 1782. His descendants are well documented. We do not know who his
Burlison b. abt 1755, first appears on Rocky River, Anson Co. NC in 1778
were he served in Col. Wade's Militia, resettled in Montgomery Co. NC until
1806 when he moved to Rutherford Co, TN where he left a will and died in
1832. His descendants are well documented. We do not know who his father
Descends 6 generations from Aaron II and is only a genetic distance of
one from me.
Descends 9 generations from David and son John, a genetic distance of two
Descends 7 generations from David and son Hilkiah, genetic distance of
two from me.
Descends 8 generations from David and son ? is a genetic
distance of three from me.
and myself with a genetic distance of one, have a 90 % chance that our
common ancestor was within the last 8 generations.
and myself with a genetic distance of two, have a 90% chance that our common
ancestor was within the last 12 generations.
and myself with a genetic distance of three, have a 90% chance of having a
common ancestor that was within the last 14 generations.
not try to explain why the genetic distance of B., C. and D are different
because they all descend from David Burleson b. abt 1755 d. 13 Aug. 1832 in
Rutherford Co. TN. We need a DNA expert for that. David was a brother
to my Isaac proven by several letters written by Sarah Rowland to her
father, David Burleson. In two of her letters she mentions "old Aunt
Martha Burlison" and "Aunt Patty Burlison"(wife of Isaac)
thank another child of David for revealing the relationship of Aaron II, to
David. In a letter written by Hilkiah to his father David about 1824
stated he "bought land from Cousin Joseph Burleson" in Alabama. Joseph was a
son of Aaron II. It is uncertain if Hilkiah meant that Joseph was his 1st
cousin or if Joseph was his fathers 1st cousin. By this statement we
can assume that if Joseph and Hilkiah were first cousins then Isaac, David
and Aaron II were brothers. If Hilkiah meant that Joseph was a first
cousin to his father David, then we can assume that Aaron II was an uncle to
David and Isaac. This scenario is more likely, and I believe to be
true, because of the fact that Aaron II was born at least 20 to 30 years
before Isaac b. abt 1750 and David b. abt 1755. I will not try to
explain why the DNA matches between the descendant of Aaron II and myself, a
descendant of Isaac, are closer than they are to David. Again we need
an expert in that field.
latest digging has produced more results. The Y-Search website allows
individuals to upload their DNA results to the Y-Search website into a
searchable base by Surnames Matches or Genetics Matches. I encourage
everyone that has taken a DNA test to upload their numbers into the free
Y-Search program because the Burleson Program at Family Tree DNA has not
been Administrated since 2007.
past two years I have communicated with a half dozen people that has a
matching DNA to me but has another surname. This situation is called a
"non-paternal event" which is caused by an adoption or a name change or
infidelity/extramarital event somewhere back in the line. I know no
better way to state it because Y-DNA is passed from father to son only.
I was helping an Internet friend, Virginia, to solve the mystery of how
Burleson DNA got in her Francisco family line. Her brothers DNA
matched mine with a genetic distance of only two, the same distance as the
descendants of David Burleson. She gave me the names of all her Francisco
Family line back to the mid 1600`s when they were in New Jersey. I was
sure I could help and sent back to her the dates and places I knew that the
Burleson Family and the Francisco Family were together and they are well
documented. The places are,
Anson Co. NC 1763 tax list and deeds,
1776 deed in Mecklenburg Co. NC near the Montgomery Co. NC line.
Sandy Run Creek Mecklenburg /Tryon Co., Cleveland Co NC today. John
Francisco married Rebecca Shipman daughter of Elizabeth Burleson (by
tradition) and Daniel Shipman.
Springs Creek Church in Overton Co. TN 1806. I'm sure they went on to
Arkansas and Texas together. This should have been an easy mystery to solve.
I was typing all I knew about the two familiesí connections at 2 o'clock in
the morning of 24th Dec, Virginia was doing the same. Her
research was very thorough and she had just recently discovered a young
Francisco ancestor in the mid1800's that was living in the household of a
Burleson neighbor in a 1800's Census. So the mystery is pretty much solved.
Her last document was a listing of all the Burleson burials in the Knoxboro
Cemetery on South St, in the town of Augusta near where her Francisco family
has lived for generations. There were a total of 31 names on this list
and there are dates as late as 1943 and some dates went back as far as 1772,
73, 75, 76, and 1778.
Minute!! That can't be. There are no known Cemeteries with
Burleson's that old that I know of. Wait a Minute!! Where is the Town of
Augusta? I failed to ask where the lady was from. There can be
but one answer, my friend was looking for a Francisco/Burleson connection in
the North while I have been looking in the South.
Southern Burleson DNA and the Northern Francisco/Burleson DNA matches to a
90% chance of having a Common Ancestor within 12 generations. I
am the 7th generation from my earliest documented ancestor Isaac Burlison
b.abt.1750. My line has several marriages of 30+ year old men and
teenaged girls, but most of the other Burleson lines are 8 and 9 generations
from the year 1750. If the remaining 3, 4 or 5 generations (average of
4) of the 12, fall within the time between the earliest documented
Southern Burleson of 1757, and the earliest date of the Burleson Family in
New England 1655, and they surely must, it can only mean one thing.
All of the Burleson Families in the United States must descend from the
2.30 in the morning it was too late to e-mail to ask where is the town of
Augusta, but deep down in my broken heart I knew it had to be in New York or
Connecticut. After a sleepless night, next morning I told my wife
Nancy that I was the smartest person in the world because I knew something
that nobody else knew but I wasn't sure if I wanted the facts to be known.
She was not impressed; I must to have used that line before. I was
still hoping there was a chance that the two families, Northern Francisco
and Southern Burleson, had met in the mid 1800`s. My Southern
ancestors, all of them farmers, had never been further north than within a
rifle shot of the Rock Wall at Gettysburg. Some of those boys did go a
little bit further North. The Union Army took the captured and wounded
and sent them to Elmira Prison in New York state, but that was not for a
social visit, in fact I think we can rule out a friendly North/ South
connection since the first Burleson came South probably about the 1740`s.
Christmas I have continued to work with Virginia, now better known as my new
cousin Ginger, the nice lady from Augusta, New York and it looks like our
findings are accurate. Her Burleson and Francisco line definitely
appears to be 100% from the North with no chance of a Southern Burleson
connection. We still need to get a DNA expert to interpret the math,
and I feel certain the genealogy is correct. The final results: North or
South we are all one Burleson Family, one bloodline.
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